Liverpool feeling pressure in title race, claims Tottenham’s Tim Sherwood

Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood believes Liverpool have a real shot at winning the title if the Reds hold their nerve

Kieran Beckles
By Kieran Beckles at Hotspur Way
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Tim Sherwood believes Liverpool are starting to feel the pressure in the Premier League title race ahead of Tottenham Hotspur’s trip to Anfield on Sunday.

The Reds closed the gap on leaders Chelsea to one point after Brendan Rodgers’s men edged to a nervy 2-1 victory over Sunderland on Wednesday night.

Liverpool remain outsiders for the top-fight crown, but with Chelsea and Manchester City to make the daunting trip to Merseyside, the Reds’s chances are being talked up.

They have to believe that they’ve got something there that might fall through their grasp and might slip away, and believe me that’s a really bad feeling to have

Tim Sherwood

And Sherwood, who won the Premier League title in dramatic circumstances with Blackburn Rovers at Anfield in 1995, reckons Liverpool have a great chance if they hold their nerve.

“The pressure’s on Liverpool, and you sensed it a little bit the other night, when Sunderland got back in the game,” Sherwood told his pre-match media conference at Hotspur Way.

“After winning so many titles in their time they’re very close, one point off the top.

“They’re absolutely flying, they’ve got a strike partnership who are the best the Premier League has seen for a very long time, and they’ve given themselves a real chance.

“Now they have to believe that they’ve got something there that might fall through their grasp and might slip away, and believe me that’s a really bad feeling to have, because perhaps you don’t play with the freedom that you normally played with earlier on in the season.”

It was a fantastic atmosphere there, it always has been and it’s one I’ve always loved to go to and play

Tim Sherwood

Sherwood captained Blackburn to their only Premier League triumph in 1995 under Kenny Dalglish, with the Liverpool legend’s side securing the title on the final day of the season by virtue of Manchester United’s failure to beat West Ham.

With so many new faces in the Spurs squad since their 2-2 draw with Liverpool on Merseyside last season, many of Tottenham’s players have never experienced the famous Anfield atmosphere.

And Sherwood spoke of his deep respect for Anfield club as Tottenham bid to derail their attempts to win the top-flight title for the first time since 1990.

“I’ve spoken to a few of the players today and they’ve never been to Anfield to play,” Sherwood added.

“Certainly when I was growing up I thought the game was invented by Liverpool, it was the home of football. They never lost anything.

“You used to go there when I played at Watford and Norwich and you’d pull up on the bus and they were very respectful fans, never rude gestures.

“They’d just hold up their fingers to say: ‘it’s going to be three’ or ‘it’s going to be five today’ and you’d just nod and say: ‘yeah, we’ll take three’. That was the way it was.

“It was a fantastic atmosphere there, it always has been and it’s one I’ve always loved to go to and play at.”

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